Swadesh S. Kalsi

April 10, 1943September 27, 2020

Mr. Swadesh Singh Kalsi, 77, of Columbus, IN, passed away in the company of his family on September 27, 2020.

He was born in Nairobi, Kenya on April 10, 1943. He attended the London School of Economics, graduating with a degree in Economics and Political Science. He was an English Barrister having studied Law at Lincoln’s Inn in London and attended George Washington University, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Environmental and International Law.

Swadesh started his career as a corporate lawyer with Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, and was a founding Partner of the International Law practice at Krieg, Devault & Alexander, LLP in Indianapolis. He also served for more than three decades as an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

Swadesh cared deeply about serving his community. He served as Board President of the Columbus Senior Center. He was a founding Director and first President of the International School of Indiana in Indianapolis, and served as co-chair of the capital campaign to raise funds for the India Studies Program at Indiana University in Bloomington. He also contributed to his community through service on multiple not-for-profit boards and pro-bono engagements.

He was a dedicated and loving husband to Sarla Kalsi, his wife of 43 years, and was a caring family man to his other survivors, including daughter Surekha DiOrio and fiancé Mark Lazzell, son Sanjay Malkani and wife Cherri, son Sandeep Kalsi and wife Soula, grandchildren Sonia and Maya DiOrio, Niam, Aria and Rowan Malkani, Eleni and Alec Kalsi, sister Asha Manku and husband Balbir, sister Kamla Behal, and nephews and niece Randy and Sanjit Manku and Simmi Behal. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Swadesh was a gentle, thoughtful, wise and loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, friend and teacher to all who were fortunate to have known and spent time with him, and we will all miss him dearly.

There will be a private memorial service for immediate family members. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions to the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation. On line condolences may be sent to the family at Hathaway~Myers on Pearl Street is assisting the Kalsi family.


  • Sarla Kalsi, Wife
  • Surekha DiOrio, Daughter
  • Sanjay (Cherri) Malkani, Son
  • Sandeep (Soula) Kalsi, Son
  • Sonia DiOrio, Grandchild
  • Maya DiOrio, Grandchild
  • Niam Malkani, Grandchild
  • Aria Malkani, Grandchild
  • Rowan Malkani, Grandchild
  • Eleni Kalsi, Grandchild
  • Alec Kalsi, Grandchild
  • Asha (Balbir) Manku, Sister
  • Kamla Behal, Sister
  • Also survived by nephews and nieces Randy and Sanjit Manku and Simmi Behal.

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  • Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation


  • Private Family Service


Swadesh S. Kalsi

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Vinod & Gita Khilnani

October 23, 2020

Dear Sarla:
We just heard the sad news about Swadesh. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Peace.
Vinod & Gita

Kay Williams

October 19, 2020

Dear Sarla,
Swadesh and your story is such an inspiration; Swadesh left a wonderful legacy for your family and for your communities. We send you and yours our love and prayers for comfort and peace.
Bob and Kay Williams

Peg Faimon

October 19, 2020

Dear Sarla and family:
Everyone in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design and the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program offers our sincerest sympathies for the loss of your dear husband and father. Swadesh was a wonderful and generous man who will be greatly missed by the entire IU community. He impacted so many and his legacy will be felt for decades to come. May your memories bring you peace during these difficult days.
Warmest regards,
Peg Faimon
Dean, Eskenazi School

Mike Mullett

October 12, 2020

Sarla & Family,

We share our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Swadesh, your beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, whose loss is shared by countless others like us not only in the local but the global community who admired and appreciated his stellar contributions and services to others in a remarkable range of roles over many years.

Mike Mullett & Patti March

Paul Lindemann

October 5, 2020

Whenever we were around Swadesh, we experienced his cheerful, effervescent personality. His optimistic, positive view of the world lifted the spirits of those around him and will be in our fond memories of him.
Our heartfelt sympathy,
Paul & Jan Lindemann

Rich & Julie Wagner

October 4, 2020

Sarla, Surekha, and Family –
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Swadesh’s spirit of helping the community has inspired both of us to give the best we can and to challenge ourselves in making a better world. Swadesh’s spirit of travel has inspired us to seek out new places and new people to connect with to learn new perspectives from others around the world. Swadesh’s easy laughter has inspired us to always look for joy. Swadesh was an amazing person and his memory will live with us forever.

All our love,
Rich & Julie Wagner

Terry Marbach

October 4, 2020

Sarla and Surekha,
You have our sincere condolences for your loss of a husband and a father.
The world has lost a very good person. Hopefully the memories of
the many years together will be a solace.

Connie & Terry Marbach

Diane Gerstle Dobbins

October 4, 2020

Thinking of you and your family.

Stan Gamso

October 2, 2020


Pru and I were so sadden to learn of Swadish's passing. Please accept our humblest condolences to you and the family.
It has been a very great honor to have known the both you.
We wish you all the best.

Stan Gamso & Prudence Strain-Gamso

Dan Motsinger

October 1, 2020

Sarla and family:

Please accept our sympathy in the loss of Swadesh. He was a great lawyer and wonderful partner at Krieg DeVault. Swadesh will be missed by many.

With condolences -

Dan and Debbie Motsinger


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